BECOMING A WEBHEAD
January 26 - March 6
|Not in real time, not live;
communication that does not happen at the time of speaking (e.g.
|Attachment or attached file||Any type of file or group of
files that is included in an email as an add-on; to open it/them,
click on the 'clip' (top right of the message) and then click over
|Blog or weblog||An online log or diary with
each entry arranged in chronological order; it's also an open
communication tool where people can post comments to entries.
|Bookmark||A marker that enables you to
return to a Web page on a later date. On PC's you can save your
selected Web pages to "Favorites" using the corresponding
icon on the navigation bar.
|Browser||A program like Internet
Explorer (IE) or Netscape Navigator (NN) which displays Web pages.
|CALL||Computer Assisted (or Aided)
|Chat||A two-way form of
computer-mediated communication (CMC), a dialogue in real time as we
keyboard or speak our words, an online conversation between two or
Communication: use of computers to facilitate communication between
two or more people.
|Discussion board||An interactive place on the
Internet where people can post/send and read messages on topics of
common interest; this is done through a Web browser.
|Discussion list/group/forum||A group of people with common
interests who exchange messages to discuss topics of interest through
|Download||To transfer (receive) files or
data from another computer to yours.
|Email, e-mail||Electronic mail; a message
sent electronically and instantaneously over a network from one
computer to another (several/many other computers); the act of sending
|Emoticons (also smileys)||Facial expressions made by
using punctuation, letters and icons in the keyboard: :-)
is a smile; ;-) is a wink.
|Freeware||Software that you can download
and use for free.
|FTP||File Transfer Protocol:
a coding system that allows files to be transferred across the
Internet from one computer to another; the name of the program that
Format. A format that is, together with JPG / JPEG, the most common
way to store pictures on Web pages.. GIF is considered
best for lower quality images and animations.
|HTML, html||HyperText Markup
language for publishing Web pages that is based on tags (codes), which
represent instructions or commands for the Web browser.
|Homepage, home page||The first page you see when
you access or log into a Web site.
|Hyperlink||A piece of text or a graphic
that when clicked on with the mouse will take you to a different place
on that same Web page or to another Web page.
|Interactive||A two-way communications
system that allows users to connect and be in touch with other users
or machines/computers and get responses (e.g. completing a survey,
filling in a form).
|IP address||A unique address for a
computer on the Internet. Usually a number.
|Java||A programming language from
Sun Microsystem that allows users to run a variety of programs on the
|JPG / JPEG||Joint Photographic
Experts Group: a common format for displaying
high-quality color and grayscale photos on Web pages.
|Link||A piece of text or image on a
webpage which, when clicked on, takes the user to another page or
|Listserv||An automated mailing list
distribution system; a program that manages distribution lists.
|Login, log in||The act of accessing email, a Web
page, a remote computer, a network, etc, by keyboarding a
username and a password (registered in advance).
|Lurk(ing), lurker||To be part of a mailing list or newsgroup as an observer who reads the messages, but does not participate in the discussions; it's a recommended practice in the first few weeks after joining a list in order to grasp the spirit of the list and the way it works.
|Mailing list||An automated email system
similar to a listserv.
|Mirror site||A site that replicates the
content of another site.
|Netiquette||The etiquette of Internet
|Newbie||A newcomer to Internet.
|Online||Connected to the Internet
(through a network or an ISP); on the Internet.
|Online community||A group of people with common
interests who meet in a predetermined place on the Internet (e.g.
Webheads in Action meet at Tapped In every Sunday at 12.00 GMT).
|Password||A secret code made up of
letters, numbers and /or symbols necessary to enter a computer system
or site as an authorized user (e.g. your password to enter Yahoo
Groups or Yahoo Mail).
|Real time||Internet term for something
live (e.g. chat). See also synchronous communication.
|Scaffolding||A collaborative learning
arrangement in which more competent users respond to learner,
providing information to help them move to more advanced levels of
|Shareware||Software that can be
downloaded for a limited period of time after which the user should
voluntarily pay the author the predetermined sum.
|Streaming||The live flow of digital
information that enables a user to access audio or video files as they
are received in his/her computer; the technology that permits a user
to see videos or hear audio files as they flow into computers without
the need for often cumbersome and lengthy downloads.
|Synchronous communication||Live, immediate, simultaneous;
communication that happens in real time, at the moment of speaking
(e.g. chat and videoconference).
|Thread||The topic of a discussion in
an email exchange or newsgroup; a series of messages relating to the
same topic or theme.
|Upload||To transfer (send) files or
data from your computer to another computer.
Universal) Resource Locator: an Internet address.
|Virtual||A simulation of the real
thing; a technology that allows you to participate in events and
experience things at a distance without the need for physical presence.
|Webcam||A small video camera connected
to your computer, and placed next to or on your monitor, to send live
images over the Internet
|Webcast||Broadcast (transmit) over the
World Wide Web.
|Web host||A Web site that provides the
necessary equipment and services for users to have and maintain Web
pages/sites (e.g. GeoCities).
|Web page||A file accessible by a Web
browser that can contain text, pictures, sounds and links to other Web
|Web site||A place on the World Wide Web
(WWW) with a unique address (URL) made up of files of different types
(text, audio, graphics, video, etc) linked to one another by
|WYSIWYG||What You See Is What You Get: the technology that allows the screen display (what you see) to show the exact formatting and layout of the printed page (what you get).|
Links to Other Glossaries:
An E-learning glossary online: http://www.brandonhall.com/public/glossary/
Chat acronyms: http://www.computeruser.com/resources/dictionary/chat.html
Glossary of Internet Terms by Matisse Enzer: http://www.matisse.net/files/glossary.html
ICT4LT: English Glossary: http://www.ict4lt.org/en/index.htm
Netlingo: Acronyms and shorthand: http://www.netlingo.com/emailsh.cfm
Page created on 13 November 2003
Teresa Almeida d'Eša and Dafne Gonzalez
Updated on December 5, 2003.